Rhema vs Logos

What is the difference between Rhema and Logos?

What is the difference between Logos and Rhema?

If you have been in Christian circles for a little time, you’d have heard the word rhema used. If you have read a number of Kenneth Hagin’s books or listened to any faith teaching, you definitely should have heard the word being used. Have you ever wondered what the difference between logos and rhema was?

Personally, while I was in campus fellowship, we used rhema to refer to when someone gives a ‘deep’ interpretation of a scripture or said something with a ‘deep’ meaning.

I was studying my bible this morning on the topic of faith, intending to study Romans 10. While studying, I came upon the word rhema used in Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The Greek & Hebrew rendering of the above verse is;

So then ara <ara> faith pistiv <pistis> cometh by ek <ek> hearing akoh <akoe>, and de <de> hearing akoh <akoe> by dia <dia> the word rhma <rhema> of God yeov <theos>. (KJV)

I was curious about what the word rhema meant thus, I embarked on a study of it and I plan to share my findings with you today.

How Rhema and Logos are used in the Bible

The word <logos> and <rhema> are both (mainly) translated into Word in the New Testament. Logos was used in 316 verses while <rhema> was used in 67 verses in the New Testament. Here are some examples;

Logos <logos>

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings <logos> of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock

Mark 4:14 The sower sows the word <logos>.

Luke 5:1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word <logos> of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret

John 18:32 that the saying <logos> of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.

Acts 6:7 Then the word <logos> of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

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Rhema <rhema>

Mark 14:72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word <rhema> that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.

Luke 3:2 while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word <rhema> of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness

John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words <rhema> that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

Acts 11:14 who will tell you words <rhema> by which you and all your household will be saved.

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words <rhema> that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

From the above examples, we can see a distinction: Logos is a word (spoken/written) given generally while Rhema <rhema> is a word (spoken/written) given specifically.

Definition of Rhema and Logos

The definitions of both words are;

Rhema – an utterance (individually, collectively or specially),; by implication, a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever:–+ evil, + nothing, saying, word.

Logos – something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ):–account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say(-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.

 

In my research I came across a book by Bill Hammon titled Prophets and Personal Prophecy, God’s prophetic Voice Today. In this book he explained both words thus;

The logos is the general word of God that communicates his ability to do something or his general will on a matter while a rhema is the word the Holy Spirit quickens to a specific person for a specific situation. He used various analogies to describe this relationship and some are – the logos is a well of water while the rhema is a bowl of water from that well, the logos is a piano keys while the rhema is a single key playing, a logos is the entire body while the rhema is one part in operation. The logos & rhema are always in alignment with one another. Of note is this statement that the Rhema could be a scripture or a word spoken to you by someone or quickened directly into your heart.

What does Rhema & Logos do for you as a Christian today?

Study the logos

The bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15 to study to show ourselves a workman who rightly uses the word <logos> of truth. This means that your right application of the scriptures would come from a right understanding of it.

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Thus, what are the practical ways to use your new founded understanding of rhema and logos?

  1. Know the Word <logos>! – How familiar are you with the word of God? Remember the logos is the well; if you don’t know where the well is how would you be able to take a bowl of water out of it?

William Edwy Vine’s An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words that explains that the <rhema> is “the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind with scripture“.

If you find it hard to get God’s will on a matter or hear from God, it may because you don’t have a regular relationship with the word <logos>.

  1. Get the rhema of God on a matter – there are some issues that are clear cut in the scriptures such as stealing, bribery, fornication etc. but there are countless number of situations where we need to have God’s perspective. In these times, don’t just do what makes sense for you in the moment but press for a revelation of God’s specific word to you, his rhema for that moment.

 

In closing, let’s look at further scriptures that give us guidelines concerning our use of the rhema

Romans 10: 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word <rhema> of God.

Faith for something comes from the word God has revealed/quickened to you personally. That’s why 2 people may hear the same sermon and 1 comes away with faith and the other doesn’t.

2 Cor 13:1 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word <rhema> shall be established.”

Every rhema you have gotten must be confirmed by 2 witness. This doesn’t necessarily mean people, it could mean a witness of the word or of peace etc. but there is no standalone word of God.

The sword of the spirit the rhema of GodEphesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word <rhema> of God

The sword we use in spiritual warfare is a specific word given for that situation and not just general warfare scriptures. Thus, in a time of personal battle, we need to approach God for a revelation of his <rhema> for that time. My pastor shares a story of a women with a leg disease that required amputation. General healing scriptures are popular and common but when this woman prayed on the matter God quickened Psalm 121:3a He will not suffer thy foot to be moved to her. That scripture is not categorized as a healing scripture, but the woman secured her healing with that scripture.

I hope this article blessed you and taught you something.

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I pray that God blesses and increases your understanding. I pray for divine revelation for rhemas in whatever situation you may be in right now in Jesus Name.

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57 thoughts on “What is the difference between Rhema and Logos?

  1. Thanks for this great piece, it’s quite rich and revealing! May God continue to increase His wisdom and grace to you.

      1. This was really good information. Thank you so much for posting. I will try to start using this in understanding the Word deeper in the future.

      2. Hmm.. I can’t seem to find a single Ancient Greek definition of “Logos” or “Rhema” that shows they mean written words. According to my research, both are verbal, not written.

        “Graphe” on the other hand refers to writings.

        What have you found that suggests that the Biblical use of “Logos” and “Rhema” refers to written words?

    1. I studied a long time on Ezekiel 23 and then got what I believe to be divine revelation that was constantly calling me a whore as spoken about in that scripture and Wood in there. Do you believe that that is accurate define revelation from God or was I deceived. I noticed some of the scriptures that you mentioned that they bring faith. This experience just seem to destroy me so I have thought that I was deceived. I appreciate your thoughts and really appreciate your article. Please respond to me by email at Rev.graden@yahoo.com thank you, Lisa

      1. Hello Lisa,

        I do not know much about your situation, but I do not that in Romans 8:1 it says that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”.

        I beilve that if this experience is truly destroying you, it is not from God.

        Best

  2. I thank God In The Name of Jesus for His gift to you of teaching
    in the book of Ephesians chapter 4 it says that Jesus gave some teachers
    I thank God abundantly for this teaching
    a situation happened to meon 11/26/19 and through reading this teaching our God and Father used it to reveal His truth in a greater way
    what He was speaking to me that day I’m so grateful this morning thank you for allowing God to use you and for the sacrifice of your time and your study and your desire to be in God’s will
    That desire is manifest in the helping of the brethren
    may God continue to preserve you for heaven and help you to dwell and abide in His presence
    Your labor has not been in vain continue to be steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord
    I am one who has profitted

  3. Awesome exposition! This is the most insightful and elucidating piece I’ve read on the subject of “rhema”.
    I’m bookmarking it for future reference and to share with friends on this subjet.
    Thank God for leading me to this and for His wisdom in the writer.
    God bless the writer for his/her time and for yielding to the Holy Spirit.

  4. Thank you so much!
    I found exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate your work. God will continue to bless you with wisdom that surpasses the wisdom of this world. Amen.

  5. Thank you so much for this article. It really helps me to refresh my understanding about rhema and logos. God bless…

  6. Hallelujah! Bless you for this article. Thank you. In prayer this morning with a friend/brother – Hebrews 10:19-25 is a Rhema word for the now in our world. -> Full assurance, hearts and minds sprinkled clean, washed bodies, pure and genuine faith- stimulating one another to love and good deeds. KEEPING our assembling TOGETHER! For the encouragement ALL THE MORE. Be encouraged, loved and empowered church! Shine strong and joyful.

  7. Very insightful. Someone without any knowledge of the words will understand this in a go. It’s so broken to bits. Thank you for this zeal for God. You’ve helped a lot with this. May God increase your passion, knowledge and understanding. Amen.

  8. With respect – this is not what rhema means. Nor is it the sort of definition that a person who really reads any Greek, beyond the Strong’s Concordance level, would ever give it. The distinction between rhema and logos is a man-made one, not one that is present in the Bible (where the words consistently overlap in usage and in meaning). The whole doctrine of “decrees” is based on human tradition, passed on from faith preacher to faith preacher, but never passing through the hands of anyone who has studied the Bible extensively, either in translation or in the original languages.

    I have a PhD in NT exegesis, have taught Greek and Greek exegesis for my whole life on the graduate level…and love the Lord and his Word. Blessings.

    1. PS – to spell out what level of Scripture study I mean, at a glance I recognized the passage at the top of your post as the healing of the leper in Mark 1. I don’t say this as any sort of brag, but only to show that I speak seriously and from the heart about my love for the Word and the need to rightly interpret it.

  9. THIS PIECE COULD HAVE ONLY BEEN BREATHED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD. THANKS SO MUCH & GOD BLESS U 4 LETTING HIM FIND EXPRESION

  10. Thank you for clearly differentiating the the two. I am blessed. Could you please do an article on Jesus as the Logos.

  11. Please , I wish to be hearing from God, if I read the scripture it always appeal to me as a mere book. For over 20years. Thanks for this master piece about rhema. More of Gods grace.

  12. Much thanks for such thorough explanation. Some people do believe that the rhema word is a word outside of God’s word, the Bible. I was searching for an explanation to give and I’m so grateful that I saw yours. I’m going to share what I’ve learned and enlightened others. God bless you tremendously.

  13. Thanks so much for this. I’ve been doing a study comparing rhema and logos. I would be curious what you would think about a few different scriptures. I would think that it is important to look at John chapter 1 and how it treats Jesus as the Word (logos). I would also be curious to know what you think about the two gifts of the Holy Spirit (word (logos) of wisdom and word (logos) of knowledge) as found in 1 Corinthians 12. Based on your definition, I would think that these would naturally be (rhema), but they are not. Thoughts?

  14. Would you agree, having regard to your example of the well, to the following: ‘ An example is, a well of water, the Bible is likened to a well of water, God’s logos.
    Take a bowl of water from the well is Rhema, specific scripture spoken for a particular purpose or situation.
    It may be spoken by a person or the word, (logos) (that you have learned, quickened to you by the Holy Spirit

  15. This is powerful!!!
    My understanding on this subject has greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much for being so insightful. Keep soaring dear!

  16. This is powerful!!!
    My understanding on this subject has greatly appreciated.
    Thank you so much for being so insightful. Keep soaring dear!
    God bless you.

  17. Thank you for the word you shared. Indeed I have gotten the real understanding about logos and rhema.

    I am writing a manual about the word of God. please can I copy this article and reference you on my project.
    if you would allow me, please send me mail. greatoasistech@gmail.com

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